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Shivers

3.1 out of 5 stars 145 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Starliner Towers is just another highrise apartment building until something terrible begins to go wrong. A terrifying parasite has taken hold, infecting everyone. Normal people are becoming deranged, committing uncontrollable acts of mindless violence. There's nowhere to hide and no escape from the terror.

Special Features

  • 10 min. interview with director David Cronenberg

Product Details

  • Actors: Paul Hampton, Joe Silver, Lynn Lowry, Allan Kolman, Susan Petrie
  • Directors: David Cronenberg
  • Writers: David Cronenberg
  • Producers: Alfred Pariser, André Link, Don Carmody, Ivan Reitman, John Dunning
  • Format: Color, Director's Cut, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 1998
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305090343
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,233 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shivers" on IMDb

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By Sheila Chilcote-Collins VINE VOICE on April 20, 2004
Format: DVD
There is no doubt in my mind, by watching/reading many interviews with David Cronenberg & viewing everything that he has created thus far that David is a "very special boy". Cronenberg has the kind of imagination, lunacy, & repression to really create the kind of visuals in films that once you view them, you never forget. Cronenberg's 1st feature film, "Shivers", does just that. Filmed on a shoestring budget during 15 hectic days of production in Canada, this film tells the story of a doctor/madman that develops a parasite to live in human beings, take over their intelligence, morals (social & spiritual) & of course, their physical body, & transforms them into oversexed, libertine, bi-sexual cretin beings.
The film is set in and on an exclusive & elite island compound in Canada. The compound has everything one would ever need. A grocery, a drugstore, tennis courts, olympic sized swimming pool, doctor's & dentist offices, room service. The compound includes everything that your little heart desires, plus an extra surprise of parasites roaming in air vents, plumbing, & elevators that resemble a strange cross between a giant,slimy garden slug, a small phallic symbol and a smokey-link breakfast sausage.
This is definitely a catastrophic/end of the world type movie because as the film and the parasites progress to all the inhabitants of the island, there really is only one conclusion...
Of course, I won't give away the ending, but for anyone who enjoys films like Night Of The Living Dead, Outbreak, Dawn Of The Dead, 28 Days, or genre films that feature zombies/animals/mutants/disease taking over the entire world, you will enjoy this movie. Happy Watching!
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Like all ultra-luxury urban high-rises, and every single square inch of Manhattan real estate, the Starliner Towers has a problem: a Bug problem.

Shot on a shoestring budget and in a whirlwind 15 days in Montreal, "Shivers" (also known as "They Came from Within") is Canadian horror visionary and all-around Creepy Guy David Cronenberg's astounding, jaw-dropping little gem about the end of the world, in which humanity doesn't go out with a Bang or a Whimper, but more of a Moan.

But let's get something out of the way right now: David Cronenberg is a genius and, for my money, one of the top 3 horror film directors *ever*. And while it's certainly useful to view "Shivers" as a preview of coming attractions---without a doubt, it's amazing what the young Cronenberg was able to pull off under severe budgetary, time, and talent limitations---the movie stands on its own as a ground-breaking little nugget of unflinching grue that burrows under your skin and truly disturbs.

Things break down quickly in "Shivers", which is about a medical experiment gone horribly wrong, and the terrible toll it takes on the residents of a luxury island apartment complex outside Montreal---and from there the world.

The film's mad scientist (a nice turn by Fred Doederlein, who pops up again as the yoga master in "Scanners") wants to produce designer parasites that can be introduced into a body, devour a failing organ, and 'become' that organ, thus helping its host at the cost of a little blood.
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One of my favorite Cronenberg films...raw, low-budget fun. HOWEVER, the DVD has pixelization and artifacting. It's not the worst I've seen, but it is annoying. I suggest buying the VHS version from Anchor Bay instead...clear, crisp and perfect. IMAGE ENT should take more care in their DVD releases if they want to compete with the majors. Disappointing.
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Standard 70s drive-in stuff, with less nudity. Perhaps slightly better than other B movies of its era, but not really a stand out. Part of what sets it apart is that it takes place on an island in a large Canadian city and not in a big east coast city. That in itself is refreshing. The story of a medical experiment gone wrong, at first it looks like the in-house doctor may be able to stop, but things get progressively worse, until everyone in the apartment block is infected and that is where the movie ends. Some gore, mild for the 21st century, but a bit much for its time, a bit of nudity here and there. There is also some violence and sexuality, plus cigarette smoking, you don't see so much of that in modern movies. Enjoyable, and forgettable.
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Format: Blu-ray
SHIVERS is still waiting on a U.S. Blu-ray release who knows if it will ever get a U.S. Blu-ray version
U.K. Distributor Arrowfilms is the only Distributor so far to release SHIVERS on BLU-RAY
as they did with RABID which I've also typed a review about, RABID is also on Blu-ray now courtesy of Arrowfilms

the HD transfer for Shivers is exactly the same as the RABID HD transfer
Done in Toronto Canada under David Cronenberg's supervision
which was then sent to Arrowfilms
and i tell you the quality is very Good, very nice sharp & clear picture quality, very nice colour restoration aswell
cannot same the same for the Sound quality, the Audio mix is only a 1.
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